What is it?

THON is a 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that celebrates a year-long fundraising effort in the fight against pediatric cancer.

It is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

In 1973, a small group of dedicated Penn State students held our university's first THON. That year, 34 dancers participated and raised $2,000. Since then, THON's presence in the Penn State community has grown exponentially.

With the support of students from all across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and THON Alumni all around the world, we continue to make great strides towards finding a cure for all childhood cancers! Thank you for your interest in learning more about THON. Together, we'll make a difference in the life of a child.

By the numbers

Since its establishment in 1973, THON...

  • is 100% run by over 15,000 student volunteers

  • is hosted by over 600 student organizations

  • has 700 dancers

  • is broadcast to just under 100 countries

  • donates 96 cents of every dollar to Four Diamonds

  • has raised over $137 million for Four Diamonds

The mission

THON is a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Our mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research - all in pursuit of a cure. 

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